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2016 Project 365, Day 225: Lego at Hobbes and Landes

Photo #225: August 12

Everything is awesome and cool at the Lego corner of Hobbes and LandesBGC!!!! Vlog to follow soon! In the mean time, check out their social media accounts for the schedule of Lego activities and promotions! 🙂 Thank you so much for the invite, Iza! :-*

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2016 Project 365, Day 207: Funko Pop Captain America

Photo #207: July 25

I’m not into collecting Funko Pop toys, but when I receive one as a gift, expect me to love it so much!!! Thank you, Leo! You know me too well; Captain America is my favorite Avenger, not Iron Man! :-*

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2016 Project 365, Day 83: More Astro Boy Stuff!

Photo #83: March 23

Thank you so much to my Mandi’s Grill Grub family for these very cool additions to my Astro Boy collection! I can’t wait to show these to some of my Japanese students!!! Sugoi!!! ❤

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2015 Project 365, Day 357: Christmas Loot from Mandi’s Grill Grub!

Photo #357: December 23

Not sure if it’s Halloween or Christmas… haha! Thank you, Tita Lia, Tito Joy, and little Mandi of Mandi’s Grill Grub for these sweet treats and the Hello Kitty toy (I’m not sure what it is, but I’m interested in creating an “unboxing” video about it). My sister and I reacted like kids who scored the best trick-or-treating loot! 6-yo Mandi wrote “grabe” on the card because she learned it from watching my vlogs! Hahaha! And speaking of vlogs, here’s the one I made about my favorite Lilac Street restaurant.

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Tokyo Tempura Marikina

How often do you eat tempura? More specifically, how often do you eat ebi (shrimp) tempura? It is one of my most favorite Japanese dishes of all time! I usually load my plate with lots of tempura pieces whenever I’m at a buffet restaurant, and I don’t often use any sauce when eating them. I like savoring the simple yet delectable shrimp meat that goes well with the crunch of the tempura batter. However, dining at buffets can be quite expensive, so imagine my joy when I discovered Tokyo Tempura! They don’t just serve  tempura, mind you…they have UNLIMITED shrimp tempura!!! AHHHH TAKE MY MONEY!!!! 😀

P199 for unlimited shrimp tempura?! Bring it on!!!

P199 for unlimited shrimp tempura?! Bring it on!!!

The place, at first glance, seems confusing: half of the dining area has a Japanese theme, but the other half is adorned with American accent pieces and other vintage stuff, which is pretty cool actually!

I wanted to take home the Toblerone pieces... :D

I wanted to take home the Toblerone pieces… 😀

Now, let’s get to business. My friend PJ and I both decided to go for their unlimited tempura, which costs only P199! The initial serving has 8 pieces and comes with one order of rice. If you want more, it will cost you just P20 for one order and P40 for unlimited rice. Succeeding tempura requests will range from 3-5 pieces, so nothing will go to waste. Everything is freshly fried, so you won’t worry about receiving below par tempura.

The start of something gr8. Haha I had to do that, sorry! :p

The start of something gr8. Haha I had to do that, sorry! :p

I love the fact that the batter is just light and doesn’t overpower the shrimp. The combined textures of the crunchy batter and soft shrimp are simply a match made in gastronomic heaven! It felt so good to eat each piece that I abandoned my spoon and fork and opted to eat with my hands, which I rarely do (I am one of the very few people I know who can de-shell shrimps with a spoon & fork). Another thing that surprised me is their dipping sauce! It’s really good that I found myself asking for more! PJ and I ate 23 pieces each, which is roughly around P8.65 per piece! What is sulit?! 😀

Our lucky number... :)

Our lucky number… 🙂

After thanking the food gods for not being allergic to shrimp and having normal blood pressure, we then proceeded to explore more of Tokyo Tempura, which is also a treasure trove for antique/vintage lovers/collectors! The second floor will take you back in time as you feast your eyes on a variety of old school stuff like brand signages, vinyl records, movie posters, paintings, cameras, and other neat items! A lot of them are on sale, and you can also sell them similar stuff, if you have any.

Look at this stuff, isn't it neat? Did you sing? :D

Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Did you sing? 😀

Do you remember these cameras?!

Do you remember these cameras?

Believe it or not, this 8mm projector still works!

Believe it or not, this 8mm projector still works!

Imagine all the people in nice classic frames like these. :)

Imagine all the people in nice classic frames like these. 🙂

The third floor, on the other hand, will bring out the kid in you as it is filled with toys, toys, and more toys!!! If you’re a big Star Wars fan, you’re in luck as they currently have a huge stock of different Star Wars action figures imported by Han Solo from Tatooine…just kidding; they’re from the US. 🙂

The force is strong with this one...

The force is strong with this one…

Warning: you may want to force choke someone just to get this!

Warning: you may want to force choke someone just to get this!

Tokyo Tempura is located at #81 Rainbow St. (the street on the left side of Chinabank on Lilac St.) SSS Village, Marikina. They are open from 10 am to 10 pm, prompting me to suggest that they name their mascot “Ten-Ten.” :p Oh, they also have other tempura dishes like kani (crab), squid, chili cheese, etc. I haven’t tried them, but I will! 🙂

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2015 Project 365, Day 83: Funko Pop Iron Man

Photo #83: March 24

Hmmm there seems to be something amiss here… 😀 This Funko Pop collectible will forever be special because it is my first! This is definitely one of the best birthday gifts ever! Thank you, Mark! :-*

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